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DeFrancesco hopes to get interview with Astros

Triple-A manager Tony DeFrancesco, who served as interim manager of the Astros for the final 41 games of the 2012 season, said Wednesday he hopes to get an opportunity to interview for the Major League managerial position once again

DeFrancesco, who led the Astros to a 16-25 record after Brad Mills was dismissed in 2012, was among the pool of candidates to interview with general manager Jeff Luhnow two years ago. The job eventually went to Bo Porter, who was dismissed Sept. 1.

“I talked to Jeff and I hope I have the opportunity,” DeFrancesco said. “That was one of the best times in my career [managing the Astros]. I hope to get another opportunity to go it again.”

DeFrancesco just finished his 20th season as a Minor League manager and fourth with Oklahoma City, which next year becomes the Triple-A affiliate of the Dodgers. He missed the first six weeks of the season while undergoing cancer treatments. Oklahoma City went 74-70 this year and finished in second place in the American North division of the Pacific Coast League.

Last season, DeFrancesco guided the RedHawks to a Pacific Coast League leading 82-62 record and an American Southern Division title.

DeFrancesco has no regrets

Tony DeFrancesco, who was passed over for the full-time managerial job, said Friday he’s glad to get the opportunity to manage the team for the final 41 games of season and hopes to be able to remain on the staff of incoming manager Bo Porter.

“I’m very proud of being an Astro manager and taking over the team,” he said. “I thought we turned it around a little bit. Our goal right now is to get to .500 for the month of September (Astros were 11-13 in September entering Friday).”

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow informed DeFrancesco of the club’s decision following Wednesday night’s game.

DeFrancesco was one of four finalists for the job, which eventually went to Porter. He’s the third base coach for the Nationals and will join the Astros when Washington’s playoff run is over. DeFrancesco, who began this year managing at Triple-A Oklahoma City, will remain in the organization.

“They made the right choice,” DeFrancesco said. “Bo was the guy they wanted and there was no regrets on my part. No regrets on Jeff when he told me the other day that they were going to go with Bo. I’m real happy just to get an opportunity and now hopefully I’m going to remain in the organization at some point – we’re not sure what it is yet.”

DeFrancesco, who has a 1,235-1,088 career record as a manager in the Minor Leagues, would like to be on Porter’s staff. It’s unclear which members of the current coaching staff are going to remain.

“I would love to stay at the Major League level on Bo’s staff and that’s up to [owner] Jim [Crane] and Jeff and Bo to decide if that’s something available,” he said. “I think I do have the option of going back to Oklahoma City and doing the Triple-A team again to manage that. But there might be other avenues down the road for me if it’s somewhere in the front office or in player development or a special assistant or something that route, maybe that’s a direction I could go.”

Astros narrow search to 3-4 candidates

Astros owner Jim Crane said Tuesday the club has whittled its managerial search to three or four candidates and hopes to be able have the process wrapped up either later this week or early next week. The announcement of the hire will depend on whether the new manager is working for a playoff club.

“It will really depend on the selection we make, how quickly we announce that based upon where the teams are and the candidates we’re talking to,” Crane said. “If they’re in the playoffs, we might have to wait until the playoffs are over.”

Crane said the club has a good feeling about “a couple of candidates,” but said the team is still checking backgrounds and references. He didn’t rule out the idea of any remaining potential candidates having another interview with management.

“We got a very good look at a lot of different people and we learned a lot through the process,” Crane said. “We think the group we have left, any one of them will be a good manager.”

Among the candidate who have interviewed and are still in the hunt are Red Sox bench coach Tim Bogar, Rays bench coach Dave Martinez, Nationals third base coach Bo Porter and Astros interim manager Tony DeFrancesco.

“I’m confident we’re going to get a great manager,” general manager Jeff Luhnow said. “There’s a lot of excellent baseball people that are ready to help the organization. … It’s splitting hairs which one is better than the other. Really, it’s about which one is a better fit for the organization at this point in time given where we’re going.”

DeFrancesco named Oklahoma City manager

Tony DeFrancesco, who has won three Pacific Coast League championships as a manager and served as a Major League coach with the Oakland Athletics, will join the Astros organization as manager of the Triple-A Oklahoma City RedHawks in 2011.

DeFrancesco guided the Sacramento River Cats to the 2010 PCL Pacific Conference Southern Division title with a record of 79-65. In seven seasons as manager with Sacramento, his teams won six division titles and league championships in 2003, ’04, and ’07.

Former Major League All-Star Burt Hooten  keeps his same role and will serve as the RedHawks pitching coach in 2011. Same with Keith Bodie, a veteran of more than 30 years in professional baseball, who will be the RedHawks hitting coach. Mike Freer will serve as trainer.

The 2011 season will be the 17th year as a manager for DeFrancesco. He brings a career record of 1100-953 (.536) to Oklahama City since beginning his career as a manager in 1994. His teams have qualified for the playoffs eight times and have won division titles in each of his last three seasons as manager. He spent the 2008 season as Oakland’s third base coach.

DeFrancesco was originally signed by the Boston Red Sox after being selected in the 1984 draft out of Seton Hall University. A catcher during his playing days, he spent eight years in the Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds organizations before retiring as a player to enter the coaching ranks. All 19 previous years of his career as a manager, coach, or instructor in professional baseball have come in the Oakland organization.

Hooten, the Most Valuable Player of the 1981 National League Championship Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers, has spent the last six seasons as the pitching coach of the Round Rock Express in the PCL. He was the Astros’ Major League pitching coach for parts of five seasons from 2000-’04. He previously served as the pitching coach for four seasons at his alma mater, the University of Texas.

Hooten spent 15 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, and Texas Rangers, posting a career record of 151-136. His best seasons came in 1978, when he went 19-10 for the Dodgers and finished second in the N.L. Cy Young Award voting, and 1981, when he was selected to play in the All-Star Game and finished third in the league in ERA. Hooten won at least 18 games three times and won four World Series games.

Bodie enters his fourth season in the Astros organization and 36th year in professional baseball in 2011 as the RedHawks hitting coach. He began his career as a player in the New York Mets organization in 1974 after being drafted out of South Shore High School in Brooklyn, New York. He spent six years with the Mets, then three years in the Astros organization before retiring as a player in 1982. He accepted a coaching position in the Astros organization in 1983 and began serving as a manager in 1986.

In 14 years as a Minor League manager with the Astros, Giants, Mariners, Royals, and Nationals organizations, Bodie’s clubs have won seven division titles. He has also served as the Minor League hitting coordinator for the Giants and has worked as an outfield/baserunning instructor for the Royals. Bodie was the hitting coach at Round Rock in 2010.